Steve Austin praises Paul Heyman for pushing WWE Raw back in the right direction


Paul Heyman has been the Executive Director of Monday Night Raw for a couple of months now, and in the eyes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, he's pushing the show in the right direction.

Heyman took over the backstage running of Raw a few weeks after he was announced as the show's Executive Director back in June.

Just from watching the red brand each week, his influence on the show is clear and obvious, and Austin believes the show is in the right hands.

The Texas Rattlesnake said during an interview with Sports Illustrated: “That is the right guy for the job.

"Paul E. has a vision of what this business should be. He’s working under the watchful eye of Vince McMahon, but Vince is looking at so many big pictures while Paul is going to focus on this.

"Paul E. is really close to the pulse of the product. He understands where and why the business should be, and how it should feel.

"You should feel something when you watch that show. Paul E. is hungry to bring back this industry to its heyday. There is already more of a sense of urgency and importance of the world title.”

While he is impressed with the current product, Stone Cold did have one piece of Raw criticism.

He said: “Emotion sells tickets and draws ratings. If you don’t care, then why watch? If you care, you’re invested in those characters. So slow it down a little bit.


“You can move as fast as you want in the ring, but to me, the business is built on characters, emotions, and depth. When you have great action on top of it, that’s even better.

"Right now, those guys and gals are operating at such a high speed and high level of athleticism. It can’t get any higher than it is right now, so they need to keep finding ways to make people care about them. That will elevate the business and make it resonate with the audience.”

Since Heyman has taken over the running of Raw, more superstars have received opportunities and more over-the-top storylines have been produced to keep fans intrigued in the show for longer.

While both of those points above have produced good and bad booking, overall, Raw has been much better since Heyman took over.

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